When it comes to pain management, most treatments focus on alleviating your symptoms. But with regenerative medicine, the focus is on healing the diseased or damaged tissue to resolve the underlying cause of your pain. At the SamWell Institute for Pain Management in West Orange and Colonia, New Jersey, double board-certified pain management expert Jay M. Shah, MD, provides regenerative medicine for the treatment of joint osteoarthritis and sports-related injuries. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Regenerative medicine is an innovative form of medical treatment aimed at healing diseased or damaged tissue to restore health and function. This is a fairly new area of medicine that holds a great deal of promise for health and healing and the management of chronic health conditions, including those that cause chronic pain.
For regenerative medicine at the SamWell Institute for Pain, Dr. Shah uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells.
PRP is a blood product Dr. Shah creates from a sample of your own blood that contains a high concentration of the natural healing properties found in your body, including platelets, growth factors, and specialized cells.
When injected into your diseased or damaged tissue, the healing properties in the PRP accelerate your body’s own healing process and assist in regenerating healthy tissue to replace the damaged or diseased tissue.
Professional athletes have been using PRP injections to promote health and healing of their sports injuries so they can get back to their game faster without the need for more invasive treatments.
Stem cells are your body’s blank repair cells that have the ability to transform themselves into specialized cells to create new blood vessels, nerves, bone, or muscle. While your body has everything it needs to heal injuries or damaged tissue, the repair process may not work as quickly as you’d like. To support your body’s natural healing process, Dr. Shah offers stem cell therapy.
Like the PRP, when injected into your diseased or damaged tissue, the stem cells transform themselves into the types of specialized cells your body needs to repair or replace your diseased or damaged tissue.
Dr. Shah determines if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine when you come to the office for a consultation. While regenerative medicine offers many benefits, it’s more invasive than other treatments and may not be recommended until you’ve failed to get relief from your pain with more conservative methods.
Dr. Shah primarily uses regenerative medicine as a treatment option for joint osteoarthritis and sports-related injuries.
To learn more about regenerative medicine and how it may help you, call the SamWell Institute for Pain Management or schedule a consultation online today.